Growing up my weekends were defined by certain events I can never forget:
1. Having Sunday night family dinner with all my relatives, followed by sitting down in the living room to watch 60 Minutes. Inevitably there would be a family brawl.
2. Going to the car wash on Saturday mornings with my dad and him holding me up to the ledge with my hands pressed against the glass so I could watch the cars get all sudsy.
3. Racing for the cookie table after Sunday school to make sure I got there in time to stuff my pockets full of goodies.
4. The local little league team raising money going door to door selling big boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts.
5. And of course, reading the paper from cover to cover on Sunday mornings and one of my parents calling out, "ok, who's got Parade?". While the entire paper was black and white (except for the comics), Parade was in full color. This is the reason I have read Parade every Sunday no matter where I've lived for the past 20 plus years. My week just wouldn't feel right without it.
This past month, one of the coolest things to happen to me in a while was being asked to be a weekly contributor to Parade.com. Just like the paper version the online edition is filled with valuable information I dwell on all week. It's always topical and filled with everything from pop culture, to politics, to everyday stories that make me smile.
In honor of the Fourth of July I created this slide show for Parade featuring my favorite 4th of July feast. After you check it out, come back to weelicious and watch me and Kenya make one of our favorite breakfast recipes, Red, White and Blue Parfaits, which is equally perfect for the 4th! Hopefully this will be a memory that he'll add to his weekend list someday.